Thanks to Mark for the this week’s notes. The Bible passage can be read here.
It’s An Open Secret
During 1940 the allies discovered the secret to the German Enigma coding machine. In order to keep their discovery secret the British High Command had to make some painful decisions. Their amazing discovery in cracking the German codes now meant they knew of impending attacks against them, but in order to keep the Enigma discovery secret they had to decide which attacks to foil and which to ‘let go’. The British High Command had to agree what units of soldiers they were going to allow to be attacked and which units were deemed expendable for the greater cause of the war! Imagine being forced to have to make such a decision.
The Lord, when proclaimed by Peter to be the Messiah, asked the disciples to tell no one v21, he wanted his identity revealed at the right time. The Jews wanted him made King and would have caused an insurrection, however, the Lord was here for a different purpose, He still had to go through so much first. He was to ‘suffer many things’; be betrayed, rejected, tortured, killed and finally be raised to life v22. He volunteered to be the necessary loss of life. Only then after these terrible events had taken place could the world be truly ready for him.
Now we live in a time where the Enigma and its broken code, once such a closely guarded secret, are well known and now irrelevant, its place is in the history books. The Lord, unlike the Enigma, is as relevant today as it was in 1940.
The Lord and his identity can and should be proclaimed. The cross is no longer hanging over Him. His completed work is now behind him. We are duty bound not to keep Him secret and like Peter proclaim him as The Messiah and tell everyone of whom He is and the work He has done. It will cost us but victory and glory is assured v26.